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“At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where there was millions of dollars worth of equipment available to the equestrian teams, the most-requested diagnostic tool was thermography. It was fast. It was portable. It was non-invasive. It could detect injury sites before they became lameness problems, and could guide practitioners to specific anatomic areas for study using other diagnostic techniques. And it was extremely accurate when used by an experienced practitioner.” 

--The Horse.com

Introduction

This training program e is designed to provide the appropriate training for prospective Equine PEMF Technicians wishing to further their employment and effectiveness as a Equine Care Specialist

This program will give the Technician the opportunity to develop the core skills and an advanced understanding of Infrared Thermal imaging (also known  as Thermography) for the Equine. Additionally it will allow the Technician to understand, build a specific focus on the following areas:

  • Thermoregulation of the Equine / Successful Equine Imaging

  • Factors that determine skin temperature / Inflammation /Physiology of blood flow

  • Clinical use / Mechanics by which the Horse exchanges heat.

  • Injuries in the equine during exercise, training and performance / What types of injuries to look for in horse doing different Disciplines

  • Accidental injuries in different sports. The use of thermography as a monitoring tool for the Equine

  • Exercise and the effects of exercise on physiology / Recovery and monitoring horses during rehabilitation / Pathophysiology

  • Correct scanning / Correct report procedures / Environmental factors/Physics of Infrared/Applications of thermography in the equine / Thermal tuning

  • To study the principles and practise of Equine and Veterinary Infrared Thermography.

  • To understand the process and physics of Infrared and heat relating to the thermography application.

  • Understand the environmental factors that can affect scanning results and practise to ensure correct protocols are adhered to at all times.

  • Understand how to scan systematically, standardise scanning techniques and other factors.

  • How to transfer scan images to the reporting software and manipulate the level and span to highlight areas of interest.

  • How to produce a report for your client and their respective Veterinarian using comparative analysis and to critically articulate one’s findings to ensure a professional, articulate and accurate report based on standards and protocol.

The Opportunity

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How a Equine Digital Thermography Technician fits into the Continuum of Care

When looking at the human medical industry’s hierarchy we see individuals who are licensed in a myriad of specialties. Their licenses allow them to perform within a “Scope of Practice”.

Licensed MDs, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Nurses, X-ray Technicians and so on, perform very specific functions, applications or procedures. i.e. You will not find a Licensed Physical Therapists giving any injections, but a Licensed Nurse is able to, by law. Physical Therapists are allowed to Prescribe, but only within a relatively narrow context of Physical Therapy "prescriptive medicine”.

Today, the American Veterinary Medical Association has more than 91,000 members, all of who are licensed by State Vet Boards. A review of recent rulings by the American Veterinary Medical Association “AVMA” :

https://www.avma.org/…/AVMA-Guidelines-for-Complementary-an…

In short, if one is not a licensed Vet or working under the direct supervision of a Vet, the individual is "practicing Veterinary Medicine", without a State License and is subject disciplinary action, by the respective State Board. There are “Certified Practitioners” have been delivered Cease and Desist orders by the Colorado State Vet Board. Being a “Certified Anything” in the animal world, without a State License is putting a big red bullseye on that person’s forehead and telling State Vet Boards “I am easy to find, come get me”.

As we find in human medical practice, those who are licensed to prescribe, but within a limited scope of practice, are called Medical Technicians and are licensed to apply technology to a patients. i.e. X-Ray, MRI, Surgical, Dental and Clinical Lab Technicians.

Unless a Digital Thermographer holds a Vet’s License their Scope of Practice is limited to the use and production data for a licensed Vet to properly interpret. This does NOT mean the Thermographer cannot express their opinion, when asked.They just do not diagnose, prescribe or make medical claims … it is all in how the Thermographer communicates in the orbit of horse owner, trainer, farrier and Licensed Vet.

A local Vet community will see the Thermographer in a more professional light as an Equine Care Technician, when are applying PEMF technology and properly using a Thermography camera. The operative language to use is “Data Collection” rather than “Diagnostic”. A Licensed Medical Practitioner will Diagnose and prescribe treatments. Technicians will “Apply” a therapeutic modality and collect information through use of the camera.

Purchasing the Flir E70, Education and Course Content

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Want to know more about Vetel’s Online Thermography Course?

+ Presenters

+ Online Thermal Imaging Education

  • Our online thermal imaging education is open to veterinarians, trainers, farriers, and private owners who wish to expand their education in the applications of veterinary thermography.
  • This course encompasses proper techniques for clear and concise thermographic exams, review case studies, and uncover assorted artifacts you may encounter during an exam. Upon successful completion of this course participants will have a working knowledge of proper patient positioning, the management of artifacts, the normal thermographic patient presentation, disease entities and applications where thermal imaging is best utilized, and also integration with other diagnostic modalities.

+ Board Certified experts in Veterinary thermography will present course material in the following areas:

  • TH‐01 Thermography ‐ Introduction and Safety Around Animals
  • TH‐02 Thermography ‐ Artifacts, Environmental Concerns & Physiology
  • TH‐03 Performing the Normal Equine Thermographic Examination
  • TH‐04 Thermography of the Equine Limbs: the foot, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • TH‐05 Thermography of Back Pain in Horses
  • TH‐06 Thermography in Equine Practice
  • TH‐07 Thermography ‐ Selected Equine Case Presentations
  • TH‐08 Thermal Imaging and Equine Rehabilitation
  • TH‐09 Thermography and Small Animal
  • TH‐10 Thermal Companion Animal Case Studies
  • TH‐11 Thermal Imaging and Companion Animal Rehab
  • TH‐12 Thermography applications in Exotic Animals
  • TH‐13 Current Thermal Imaging Research in Wildlife
  • TH‐14 Thermography Mac Facts

+ This program is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 13.50 CE Credits.

  • RACE® is one of the key programs provided by the AAVSB. The purpose of the RACE program is to develop and apply uniform standards related to providers and programs of continuing education (CE) in veterinary medicine.
  • The AAVSB’s Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) program develops and applies uniform standards related to providers and programs of continuing education (CE) in veterinary medicine. Our goal is to serve and support the AAVSB member boards by ensuring that all RACE-approved continuing education programs meet appropriate standards of quality.
  • All RACE-approved providers and programs are listed on this website. Providers voluntarily apply to the RACE program and agree to abide by the RACE Standards.
  • The RACE program reviews and approves programs but does not provide accreditation.